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Every Teacher in America Should Have a Gun

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

The Arkansas Christian Academy in Bryant, Arkansas, is making national headlines after it announced that some staff members will be armed with guns. ...

Everything I Want My Son To Learn Before Kindergarten

Devon Corneal | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Devon Corneal

To prepare him for the next chapter of his life, there are some things my littlest guy ought to know. If I could get him to sit still long enough to listen, this is what I'd tell him.

What My Kids' School Has Taken From Me

Corbyn Hightower | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Corbyn Hightower

You can keep your guns, but do you have to take away our schoolyards? This morning, a shooter was reported at an elementary in Georgia. And now, there's one more strike in the column for schools being on, essentially, lock-down: sealed at every entrance.

Backpack And Book Bag Safety Rules

Jay Lipoff, D.C. | Posted 10.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jay Lipoff, D.C.

Have you seen the amount of homework kids have and the size of their book bags? I've gone through some of the most recent research and ideas on backpack safety for kids, as well as the treatment for injuries related to carrying these heavy bags.

Broken Dreams and Bad Promises

Lisa Longo | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Everything is connected. We can all agree on that can't we? For each and every action there is an equal, and equally important, reaction. This realiza...

How Does the State's Pension Disaster Affect Illinoisians?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.20.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn estimates that the pension liability grows by $12.6 million every day. We've heard about this issue for so long that it's become a jumble of doom-laden numbers all so large they are difficult to comprehend.

It's Back-to-School Time: What Your Students Needs to Know Before They Enter the Hallways

Andy Braner | Posted 10.19.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

In the midst of all the buzz, I've started thinking about some of the most important lessons I learned after coming off a fun filled summer vacation, and I think it would be good to share a few before we pull up the family truckster in the drop off line.

The Problem With Proficiency

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Michael J. Petrilli

Others (especially reform critics) have made the same arguments countless times before. Yet an emphasis on proficiency rates over student growth is still entrenched in state and federal policy.

The Folly of a Preemptive & Deceptive Attack on Diane Ravitch's New Book

Kevin Welner | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Kevin Welner

Although (like Cunningham) I have not seen an advance copy of Ravitch's new book, I did read a review that says the second half of the book offers an alternative agenda, and my hunch is that it does go beyond a direct focus on poverty.

The Public in Public Education

Steven Conn | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

In the end, public schools serve an important function not just for the students sitting in the classrooms. They provide an education for all of us in the importance of public institutions.

The Truth About Service Learning

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 10.17.2013 | Impact
T. Elijah Hawkes

It's August, back to school time, and we've entered a period during which a new regime of high stakes tests are rolling-out, with a fresh chorus of "f...

It's the Complexity, Stupid

Arnold Dodge | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Arnold Dodge

The next time you hear a politician or a talking head or someone who has no knowledge of education insist on a simple answer to a complex issue about our public schools, I have a suggestion. Just say no.

Chasing Dreams: From the Classroom to City Hall

Mark Otto | Posted 10.15.2013 | New York
Mark Otto

I have spent years blaming others for the failures of our system while encouraging my students to fight back, to take action, to believe in the power of one person to make the changes we need. But I've failed to stand up myself -- until now.

Are Public Schools Headed for a Wall Street-style Crash?

Jason Stanford | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Just like AAA ratings on mortgage-backed securities led to Wall Street's 2008 disaster, a rash of accountability scandals might be precursors to a similar public school crash.

How Smart Are School Snacks? A Closer Look at New USDA Rules

Michele Simon | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Michele Simon

"Are these guidelines better? In some ways, yes. However, they still fall prey to nutritionism by utilizing numbers on the Nutrition Facts label rather than ingredient quality."

Best and Worst Education News of 2013 -- So Far

Larry Ferlazzo | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Larry Ferlazzo

More and more research was published supporting the view that, yes, our students need good schools, but if we're truly serious about providing them with genuine opportunities, what really needs to happen are major economic and political changes.

Finding Supermen and Women

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Nicholas Ferroni

This summer is truly the summer of the "Attack on Teachers and Education." Nationwide, politicians, supposed experts and corporations are forcing stat...

Listen to Mama on School Reform

Diann Woodard | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Diann Woodard

Can the key to the success of reforming public education be as simple as listening to what parents and experienced practitioners know children need?

Public Schools: Follow the Pope

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
T. Elijah Hawkes

As a principal in our public schools -- one of America's most long-established, far-reaching and, some would say, difficult-to-reform institutions -- I find the Pope's vision of institutional change to be compelling.

Science, Religion and Climate Change: The Dangerous Corruption of American Education

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

If we don't warn our children about climate change today, they will surely pay the price for it when they grow up, and that is what is really ungodly.

Redshirting in the Age of Academic Kindergarten: Should You Hold Your Child Back?

Lori Day | Posted 10.06.2013 | Parents
Lori Day

We now have a kindergarten arms race where school and state obsession with test scores, parental competition and anxiety and teacher preferences for older students have changed the very nature of a child's first year of elementary school.

Testing for What?

Eric Sheninger | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Eric Sheninger

Students will never come to school excited to take one of these tests. They yearn for true authentic, relevant, meaningful learning experiences that inspire inquiry and the desire to learn more. This is the key to college and career readiness in my mind.

Why Back-To-School Season Is So Painful For Me

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 10.05.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

"Back-to-School Specials!!!" scream the store placards. They are a reminder that now might be the time to get a discounted backpack for my younger daughter, but more potently, they nudge me back to my default: The bereaved mom aching for the child who will always be dead.

Truth or Perception

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.03.2013 | College
William B. Bradshaw

Many people tell me they do not think using correct grammar is all that important. But one does not expect that attitude to prevail in what is supposedly an elite college preparatory school: one would expect the goal to be academic excellence rather than popular perception.

A Time to Strike

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Adam Kirk Edgerton

The working conditions for teachers in North Carolina have become untenable. On Facebook and Twitter, I am inundated with updates from my home state, pleas from fellow North Carolina Teaching Fellow alumni about their bottom-of-the-barrel pay and their worthless Master's degrees.